UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (September 25, 2006)
Release: Monday 09/24/2006 
by UCSD
Mark Moreira and the CCAA South-leading Men's Soccer team hosts Sonoma State Friday night.
Mark Moreira and the CCAA South-leading Men's...
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This Week’s Events:

 

Mon., Sept. 25---Golf---UCSD at Western Washington Invitational---All Day

 

Tue., Sept. 26---Golf---UCSD at Western Washington Invitational---All Day

 

Thu., Sept. 28---M/W Tennis---UCSD hosts ITA Invitational---All Day

 

Fri., Sept. 29---M/W Tennis---UCSD hosts ITA Invitational---All Day

Fri., Sept. 29---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at UC Santa Barbara---4:00 PM

Fri., Sept. 29---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---4:30 PM

Fri., Sept. 29---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---7:00 PM

Fri., Sept. 29---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Sonoma State---7:00 PM

 

Sat., Sept. 30---M/W Tennis---UCSD hosts ITA Invitational---All Day

Sat., Sept. 30---Men’s Water Polo---UCSD at Long Beach State---3:00 PM

Sat., Sept. 30---Women’s Volleyball---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---7:00 PM

 

Sun., Oct. 1---Men’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---11:00 AM

Sun., Oct. 1---Women’s Soccer---UCSD vs. Humboldt State---1:30 PM

 

UCSD ALUMNI ATHLETES – Homecoming 2006 is Saturday, Oct. 7

 

 

CRITICAL HOME WEEKEND FOR FIRST PLACE MEN’S SOCCER

Coach Derek Armstrong’s Men’s Soccer team, 6-3-1 on the season (4-2-1 CCAA) but still half a game up on Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. in a taut CCAA South Division race faces a critical pair of home games this weekend against North Division-leading Sonoma State (Friday) and second place Humboldt State (Sunday).

 

The tail end of an eight-game in 17 days stretch may have caught up with the Tritons who lost two of three last week...Wednesday night, a pair of goals by freshman Tony Choi pushed UCSD past visiting Western Washington, 2-1...Choi tallied early (7:01) from Mark Moreira and Jonathan Sawyer and, after the Vikings got a second half equalizer, registered his fourth goal of the year late (79:57) to secure the win.

 

Friday, Cal State Bakersfield, undefeated at home, showed UCSD why, posting a hard-fought, 2-0, victory that snapped the Tritons’ four-game winning streak ...After a scoreless first half, the ‘Runners drew first blood at 64:28...The Tritons appeared ready to knot things with six minutes to go but freshman Kyle Parton was wide right with a penalty kick and CSUB put it out of reach moments later with a second score... Bakersfield dominated the shots (24-8) and corner kicks (4-2)...It was UCSD’s first CCAA defeat of the season.

 

Host Cal State L.A. stopped the Tritons by the same, 2-0, margin Sunday afternoon...In a contest that was pretty much even throughout, the Golden Eagles made an early goal stand, picking up the insurance marker with three minutes remaining.

 

TRITON WOMEN KEEP CCAA SOUTH LEAD; HOME FOR TWO

After garnering a win and a tie on the road last week, the 11th-ranked Women’s Soccer team (8-1-1 overall/5-1-1 CCAA) comes back home to host a pair of CCAA Northern Division opponents—Sonoma State and Humboldt State—this weekend...Coach Brian McManus’s Tritons remain first in the CCAA South Division while Sonoma State is No. 1 in the North.

 

Friday in Bakersfield, despite dominating for long stretches, UCSD needed a last-minute scoring strike from junior Chelsey Campbell to get out of town with a 2-2 tie...The Tritons took the lead in the 12th minute when defender Amanda Esquivel got Ali Lai one-on-one with CSUB keeper Ashley Witten and the 5-foot-3 junior converted for her fifth goal... But the ‘Runners tied it before halftime and went ahead, 2-1, with just under 10 minutes left in regulation, getting a counterattack score as UCSD pressed for the win...That set the stage for Campbell’s game-tying heroics...The junior from San Diego sent a long range blast into the upper corner with just 24 ticks left on the clock...Neither team was able to hit the scoreboard in the two overtime sessions...UCSD finished with a 34-18 edge in shots and took 11 corners to just five for CSUB...On a positive note, standouts Megan Dickey, Kelly Cochran and Alise Malley, out of action for the last week-plus, all got playing time in the game.

 

Sunday, the Tritons snapped a three-year winless jinx at Cal State L.A., routing the Golden Eagles, 4-0, to break a tie between the two teams in the CCAA South standings... Although UCSD was in command most of the first half, the two teams went into the break tied at zero...The Tritons wasted little time asserting themselves in the second half as Dickey, playing up front, took a pass across the box from Kathy Sepulveda, beat a defender and found the back of the net to make it 1-0...Campbell made it 2-0 with a left-footed one-timer off a pass from Malley and then Cochran got in the act, depositing a cross from Lauren Segars...Late in the game, Segars got pulled down in the box and Cochran converted the penalty kick to create the final margin...UCSD finished with a 17-8 shooting advantage and Jessica McGovern was required to make just two saves for her fourth shutout.

 

SPIKERS OPEN FOUR-MATCH HOMESTAND FRIDAY

The 13th-ranked Women’s Volleyball team will be looking to extend a modest three-match winning streak when it hosts Sonoma State and Humboldt State this weekend at RIMAC Arena...Coach Tom Black’s Tritons will bring an 11-2 overall mark (6-2 CCAA) into Friday’s tussle with the Seawolves...They are fourth in the conference standings, two games back of league-leading Cal State San Bernardino and half a game behind Cal State L.A. and Chico State.

 

Wednesday night at RIMAC Arena, UCSD made short work of Cal State Dominguez Hills, routing the Toros, 3-0 (30-18, 30-17, 30-24)...Senior Nicole Courtney and junior Amber Ries had matching 10-kill outings as the Tritons held Dominguez to a negative hitting percentage (-.049)...Junior setter Kim Adams, getting her second consecutive start, dished out 20 assists while Casey Wilson delivered four aces and Natalie Facchini had 13 digs.

 

UCSD had more trouble than expected with host Cal State Monterey Bay last Friday, being forced to four games before subduing the Otters, 3-1 (23-30, 32-30, 30-25, 30-27)...The Tritons were actually outhit (.364-.356) by Monterey Bay and surrendered 12 aces...On the bright side, four players had 10 or more kills, led by Courtney with 15 and Ries with 14...Rebecca Bailey and Brianna Koche notched 11 apiece...The Tritons had clear superiority at the net (13-7 blocking) with freshman Sylvia Schmidt recording four solo blocks...They also had 11 aces of their own with redshirt freshman Karen Reis serving up five...Senior Kristin Halvorsen was back in the lineup running the offense and she accounted for 40 assists and 16 digs, second on the team to Facchini’s 21 in the latter category.

 

WATER POLO TEAM SHOOTS DOWN LMU BEFORE 1,589

Standing fast at No. 5 in the nation, the Men’s Water Polo team takes to the road this weekend for a pair of stiff tests against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foes...Coach Denny Harper’s club, now 12-2, squares off against No. 9 UC Santa Barbara Friday and No. 16 Long Beach State the next afternoon.

 

Friday, before 1,589 at Canyonview Pool, the Tritons scored four straight second half goals and then held on to top sixth-ranked Loyola Marymount, 8-7...Junior Adi Jerkovic netted three goals, two in the four-goal surge, to pace UCSD...Co-captain Jesse Casellini and redshirt freshman Steven Donohoe racked up two each...Casellini scored two of the first three Triton goals and Donohoe connected for what turned out to be the game-winner...Senior goalie Jeremy Randall turned away six shots.

 

WOMEN 4th, MEN 13th AT GRIAK CC INVITATIONAL

After a successful sojourn to the Midwest, the Cross Country team takes a week off before hosting its annual UCSD Triton Classic a week from Saturday...This past Saturday, the UCSD women raced to fourth place in a field of 29 and the men claimed 13th in a field of 52 the Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, MN.

 

Junior Diane Dunn was again the top finisher for the fifth-ranked Triton women... The Martinez, CA native was the ninth of 278 runners to complete the 6K course on University of Minnesota’s Les Bolstad Golf Course...She turned in a time of 23:15 over the wet, grassy layout that required spikes after three days of rain leading up to the race...Steady junior Emily McGregor was the Tritons’ second runner home, taking 25th place with a time of 23:51...The tandem of Amanda Burkhardt (31st/24:01) and Nina Miller (32nd/24:03) went back-to-back and Ashleigh Montgomery (44th/24:21) rounded out the scorers...Freshman Jordana Henderson, in 45th, was credited with the same time as Montgomery.

 

For the men it was freshman, sophomore, junior and senior in the one through four slots with Jesse Morrill (46th/27:02), Jake Levieux (48th/27:05), Greg Geldman (76th/27:22) and Dan Holligan (115th/27:15) doing the honors... Sophomore Gabe Lamothe was 123rd to nab the fifth and final point position with a time of 27:57...Morrill was 90 seconds back of the leader in the 509-runner field.

 

GOLF OPENS FALL CAMPAIGN AT WWU INVITATIONAL

Coach Mike Wydra’s Golf team opens its fall campaign in the Northwest, facing a field of 14 plus individuals in the Western Washington Invitational at Bellingham Country Club...Teeing it up for the Tritons will be junior Luke Leveillee and sophomores Billy Olsen, Nathan Phan, Ryan Bailey and Noah Moss.

 

UCSD TO HOST ITA TENNIS EVENT

UCSD will host the annual ITA Division II West Regional Championships, Thursday through Saturday on the North Courts and Muir Courts...The top finishers in both the men's and women's competition will advance to the ITA Division II  National Championships, two weeks later in Fort Myers, FL.

 

 

For more information on Triton sports, check our website at http://ucsdtritons.com.

 

 

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